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Posted: December 8, 2015

Local ski events get funding

A wide range of sporting events at the local level will benefit from over $175,000 in provincial grants, Community, Sport and Cultural Development Minister Peter Fassbender announced last week.

This round of funding from Hosting BC will be shared by 45 groups in 24 communities throughout the province, including one in Kimberley and another in Invermere.

Local events include $5,000 going to the Panorama Coupe NorAm Cup Series – an alpine skiing event in Invermere/Panorama Mountain Resort, and $8,000 to the Kimberley Disabled Skiers Association Canadian para Alpine IPCAS Races.

The grants range from $1,000 to $10,000 and are administered by viaSport, the Government of British Columbia’s lead agency for the development and promotion of sport and physical activity in the province.

Since 2004, Hosting BC has invested more than $5 million in community-based sporting events, building B.C.’s reputation as a major sport-hosting destination. Event hosting stimulates economic activity and generates revenues that help support local businesses and jobs in B.C.’s local communities.

“The Hosting BC grant program encourages communities to host tournaments and championships that provide a positive boost to the economy and help train volunteers for future events. These organizations also do a great job of showcasing our B.C. athletes at home and promoting a healthy and active lifestyle for all residents,” stated Fassbender.

Lead image: Panorama Coupe NorAm Cup Series. Image courtesy Alpine Canada

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